Adventist Health Lodi Memorial isn’t sleeping on the job, but it’s making sure the newborns in its care can … safely.
The healthcare organization was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Certified Safe Sleep Champion.” The certification is earned by healthcare providers that prove a “commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep,” according to a press release issued by AHLM.
“We are proud of this designation and all of the diligence and hard work by our staff that goes into receiving a certification of this level,” said Daniel Wolcott, President and CEO of Adventist Health Lodi Memorial in a statement. “As a healthcare provider, it is our responsibility to educate not only our patients, but our entire community, about an issue as important as infant safe sleep practices.”
According to Michael H. Goodstein, MD, Neonatologist and Medical Director of Research at Cribs for Kids, parent organization of the Safe Sleep Program, sleep-related death results in the loss of 3,500 infants each year in the United States.
“We know that consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths,” Goodstein said.
Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, a Cribs for Kids partner, was also recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.